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April 30, 2011

Remirez de Ganuza dinner

Dinner at Steak House Winebar + Grill, with the wines of Remirez de Ganuza.  Fernando himself was in town with his team.

2009 Remirez de Ganuza Erre Punto Blanco - Fernando says that this is a much better wine than the 2005 vintage which I had purchased back in 2006, as he has gained a few more years' of experience making white wine.  A very lovely wine to drink on a warm day, with prominent notes of white flowers, honey and some white pepper.  Definitely a wine to drink young as the floral notes start to disappear once it has put on some age.

2004 Remirez de Ganuza Reserva - forest and herbs, smoke, sweet fruit and vanilla.  Finally opened up nicely after 2½ to 3 hours.

2001 Remirez de Ganuza Reserva - still very big and tannic.  Nose wasn't very open at first, with a light amount of smoke and kinda sweet.

2001 Remirez de Ganuza Transnocho - a much more concentrated wine thanks to the cake being pressed to extract more juice after the initial free-run press.  Interestingly, the skins of the Viura and Malvasia grapes used to produce the white wine are also used.  Minty, herbs, alcoholic, exotic spices and a little plastic.  I could definitely feel the oak.  Big and concentrated.

2006 Remirez de Ganuza Transnocho - loads of sweet fruit, vanilla, herbs, big and huge with lots of coconut butter.  Stylistically very different from the other wines - much more forward and delivering fruit flavors upfront.  The only red of the evening whose nose was open throughout.

1994 Remirez de Ganuza Gran Reserva in magnum - minty, lots of grass, a little alcoholic, concentrated fruit, a hint of smoke, salty with soy sauce.  This took a little time but opened up nicely at the end of the evening.

Full post on dinner is here.

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